|Publication number||US5279066 A|
|Application number||US 07/920,620|
|Publication date||Jan 18, 1994|
|Filing date||Jul 24, 1992|
|Priority date||Jul 24, 1992|
|Publication number||07920620, 920620, US 5279066 A, US 5279066A, US-A-5279066, US5279066 A, US5279066A|
|Inventors||Philip A. Camera|
|Original Assignee||Camera Philip A|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (8), Referenced by (16), Classifications (6), Legal Events (7)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to fishing tackle, and more specifically to apparatus for enhancing the castability and hooking effectiveness of a line having a serial elastic insert.
Plastic type bubbles which can be attached near the end of a fishing line have been used to raise the mass of the end of the fishing line to increase the casting distance. Bubbles have also been employed as markers and strike indicators.
Elasticity of at least a portion of a fishing line has also been recognized as having certain advantages in setting a hook after a strike, making precise and quick timing of the fisherman's response to that strike less critical.
It is the object of the present invention to combine the features of a traditional casting bubble with an elastic line segment to increase the efficacy of both tackle elements, that is using the one to augment the effect of the other.
FIG. 1 is an illustration of a fishing pole and tackle set up showing the general location of the apparatus of the present invention relative to the line and hook.
FIG. 2 is an enlarged cross sectional view of the bubble and the elastic segment of the fishing line and leader, which comprises the apparatus of the present invention. The elastic segment is shown in its relaxed state.
FIG. 3 is similar to FIG. 2 except that the elastic segment is shown in a stretched condition as a result of the opposing force arrows shown over the hook and over the proximal stop bead.
Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2 of the drawings, the apparatus of the present invention is shown generally by reference numeral 2. It may comprise a permanent butt section of a floating or sinking line. A four to six-inch length of urethane tubing 4, or some similar substantially elastic material is provided at each of its ends with eyes 6 and 8 with which to make connection to a fishing line 10 on the one end and a leader 12 on the other. By substantially elastic it is meant that the elasticity of the serial segment is at least three times the elasticity of the fishing line or leader, but preferably more than that.
The tubing 4 is trained through the tubular interior 14 of a tapered pin 16 which is contained within a casting bubble 25 and tightly fitted into aligned apertures 18 and 20 in the walls of the bubble. In a familiar manner, the tubular pin 16 may be withdrawn from its fitted position in the apertures 18 and 20 to open the apertures in order to allow water to be admitted to the interior of the bubble to increase the weight of the bubble.
Carried by the elastic tubing 4 and disposed on either side of the bubble 25 are two plastic beads 27 and 29, each having a diameter greater than that of the tubular interior 14 of the pin 16. The beads 27 and 29 serve a dual purpose. First, they act as keepers to maintain the bubble in a relatively fixed position on the fishing line. Second, the bead 29 next to the fishing line serves to stop the movement of the bubble relative to the line and the tubing when a fish strikes and pulls suddenly on the line. It is this feature which provides the synergy between the bubble and the elastic tubing. Without the bubble, a fish strike exerts sudden force on the line, pulling the line toward the fish. If the elastic tubing were inserted in the line without the bubble, the sudden pull on the line would tend to elongate the elastic section but only to a small degree. The force required to stretch the tubing must work against a force tending to restrain it and that small restraining force comes only from the friction between the line and the water.
With the bubble in place on the tubing, as shown in FIG. 2 of the drawings, at the instant of a strike the bead 29 quickly abuts the end of the bubble and further pulling force on the line must move the bubble through the water. The resistance of the bubble to movement through the water creates a substantial restraining force, allowing the pulling force of the strike to elongate the elastic tubing to a greater extent than it would be elongated without the bubble. Accordingly, the recoil of the stretched elastic is more dramatic and forceful, resulting in the hook being set without the critical timing of reaction by the fisherman which is normally required, especially in fly fishing. Similarly, during the playing of the fish and bringing it to the net, the combination of elasticity in the line and the restraint provided by the bubble to increase the elasticity lessens the chance that the line or leader may be broken or that the fish will be able to disgorge the hook during a period when a line not equipped with this apparatus might go slack.
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|U.S. Classification||43/43.1, 43/42.72, 43/44.9|
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